Mumbai Executive Committee Members

Purnima Contractor – President AECED Mumbai
Purnima Contractor ECD consultant, Founder Director of Greenfields Creative Learning Solutions. She is President of AECED Mumbai & Head Operations of AECED National. Trustee of VYF an NGO, working with disadvantaged children. She believes that learning through music is every child’s birthright.

Dr Shobha Bharat – Vice President AECED Mumbai
Completed her Master’s degree in Human Development from University of Mumbai, PhD from SNDT University and a Certificate course in Emergent Literacy in Early Childhood Education from Goldameir Institute, Haifa, Israel. She presently contributes as the HOD and Senior Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development at S. P. N. Doshi Women’s College affiliated to SNDT Women’s University. She comes with a vast experience of 28 years as a Teacher Educator in Early Childhood Education and Consultant in the field of Human Development.

Archana Jamdar – Hon. Secretary AECED Mumbai
Archana is the founder and director of Inspired Learning – a company started in 2011. Archana was fortunate to get trained in contemporary philosophies, namely the Inquiry based approach and the Reggio Approach through mentors of Eton House in Singapore. She strongly advocates the need to bring in play and exploration in early years settings. “Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained, to be delighted” – Dr. Seuss

Monisha Singh Diwan – Jt. Secretary AECED Mumbai
Monisha Singh Diwan is an International ECD Professional and the Founder-Director of “Mighty Hearts- an early years consultancy to better childhoods”. She is a staunch advocate and champion for ECCE & Social Emotional Learning as well as continuous learning through professional learning communities & networks. She currently consults with ARNEC as the lead consultant for UNESCO’s ECE-SEL project for teachers in the Asia-Pacific and with Mercy Corps, Uzbekistan for ECE-literacy. She is also a restorative yoga teacher and practitioner, a published poetess and authoress.

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Meera Mahendra – Hon. Treasurer AECED Mumbai
Meera considers parenting the highest priority as it is one of the biggest variables implicating the overall well being and development of the child. Nutrition, emotional and physical health fall under the direct purview of parents.

Rekha Menon – Jt. Treasurer AECED Mumbai
Rekha is passionately pursuing the agenda of making a difference in the early childhood care and education sector. She believes that rightful opportunities must be offered to all children of the world. A practitioner at heart, who felt the need to engage in larger models of execution and be a team member for designing policies that can bring effective outcomes at ground level. Besides being lucky to pursue the career of her passion, she believes in the power of play for the young and the old which makes it a full circle!

She began her journey 28 years ago from preschool classrooms as a teacher to being preschool section coordinator to being Director of International preschool at Damascus, Syria. She pivoted from private sectors to serve as Education Coordinator for Mumbai Mobile Creches, a non-profit organization for migrant children. Formerly employed with Centre for Learning Resources as ECCE Specialist and is currently working as ECCE Specialist in Foundation for Communities of Learning (FCL) India.

Dr Vidhya Satish
Vidhya is the Director of SIES Institute of Comprehensive Education, Sion, Mumbai and Nerul Navi Mumbai, an institute training teachers in Early Childhood Education, Counsellors and Special Educators.

Ms Moon Devdas
She works as a preprimary Headmistress in Thakur Public School. She has completed her ECCE and B.ed from Mumbai university. She believes in Curriculum building according to age criteria, Designing & drafting school magazines etc.

Archana Jain
Archana is currently working as Associate Professor, Head, Department of Human Development at Sir Vithaldas Thakersey College of Home Science (Autonomous).

Swati Bhatt
Swati is currently the Director at THE LEARNING CURVE India’s leading preschool and daycare chain. She is a qualified Instructional designer and a Postgraduate in Marketing.

Dr Asha Menon
Dr Asha Menon is the Principal, Smt. P. N .Doshi Women’s College. She holds a PhD in Human Development from SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai and has more than two decades of teaching experience. She is a PhD research guide, an author, teacher, teacher trainer with research interest in Emotional Intelligence, Early Childhood Education, Parenting, Adolescent Development and Stress Management. She has presented research papers in International and National conferences. She also has numerous research papers and citations to her credit.

Ms Khyati Sampat
Ms Khyati Sampat is a Gold medalist in BSc (Human Development, specialization – Developmental Counseling, SNDT University) and MSc (Human Development, University of Mumbai). She is working as an Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development, Nirmala Niketan College of Home Science, Mumbai since 2015. Through classroom teaching and otherwise, she strongly advocates every child’s right to developmentally appropriate learning environment and experiences, and equips people with the skills of emotionally intelligent, considerate parenting and child-rearing practices.

Dr Bhamini Mehta Parekh
Dr Bhamini Mehta Parekh is currently working as Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development. Sir Vithaldas Thackersey College of Home Science (Autonomous).